Boxer takes fifth place at NCAAs

Caleb Malychewski’s collegiate career ended with a win and a spot on the national podium Saturday as the Pacific senior claimed fifth place in the 184-pound weight class at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, held at U.S. Cellular Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Malychewski rebounded from losses in the semifinals and consolation semifinals, rallying to grind out a 2-0 victory over Coe College’s Ryan Sheldon to claim the fifth-place trophy.

With the win, Malychewski concluded his final season with a 31-8 overall record and ended his Pacific career with a 93-54 mark. He is the first Pacific men’s wrestler to earn All-American honors since 2002.

“Caleb came back here with pretty high expectations, and I think he met them,” Pacific wrestling coach Severin Walsh said. “We’re pretty happy with his performance. Caleb is the kind of kid who doesn’t pay attention to rankings. He just wants to go out and wrestle.

“He leaves it to the coaches to research the opponent and do scouting. He went out there and let it fly today and good things happened.”

Pacific pitcher earns big honor

Nathan Suyematsu’s brilliant relief pitching performance in Pacific’s 17-inning victory over Lewis & Clark on Saturday has earned the sophomore selection to the Team of the Week.

Suyematsu earned the win in 6.1 innings of relief in the marathon extra-innings game that opened Saturday’s Northwest Conference doubleheader. After playing the first 10 innings at second base, Suyematsu assumed the mound with two outs in the top of the 11th and proceeded to allow no hits and only two walks while striking out four.

The relief performance was Suyematsu’s third of the season and the longest of his collegiate career, and resulted in his first win for the Boxers.

“Nathan came into the game at a crucial time and pitched extremely well in a situation where every inning was critical,” Pacific head coach Greg Bradley said. “The performance he turned in, considering that he played the field for the first 10 innings, was outstanding.”

After seeing limited action during his freshman season, Suyematsu has earned the Boxers’ regular starting spot at second base and so far has made three relief appearances on the mound.

He enters the week having started 12 of the Boxers’ 14 games and is hitting .250 with 13 hits and three RBIs. On the mound, Suyematsu is 1-1 and has allowed just one unearned run and struck out five in 9.1 innings.

Pacific enters the week with a 5-9 overall record and a 2-7 NWC mark. The Boxers travel to southern California this weekend for a three-game series at La Verne.

Spring break basketball clinic

The Forest Grove boys basketball program is staging its annual spring break basketball camp next week.

The clinic is open to girls and boys in grades 3-8 and will run from Monday, March 24, through Thursday, March 27. Sessions will go from 9-11:30 a.m. each day at Forest Grove High School, with Vikings coaches and players providing the instruction.

Cost is $25. Campers should bring payment and a signed waiver form to the first day of camp. For more information, contact Greg Evers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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